A septic tank does break down solid waste and move wastewater out through the drain field, but waste still bills up within the tank. Eventually, your septic tank will be full. Once it gets too full, sewage will start backing up, blocking the pipes and leading to a mess in your home. When that occurs, you need to have the tank pumped out. Septic tank pumping should be done regularly to keep your septic system working efficiently. Determining how often to have your tank pumped is important, so let’s take a look at the things that can impact how often this task needs to be done.
The General Rule
Most septic tanks need to be emptied every three to five years. That is a fairly wide range, though, and it can result in you having your tank pumped too often or not often enough. Instead of guessing, you want to narrow down the time frame.
If you purchased the home from someone and get the chance, you can ask them how often they have the tank pumped. This will give you a basic idea of how often to call for septic tank services, but unless you know specific factors about the previous owners, it may also not help you much.
How Many People Are in Your Family?
The number of people in your family is going to greatly determine how often your septic tank needs pumped. Only count people who will be living in the house—your college student living in the dorms won’t have any impact on your septic tank unless they come home often. The more people using the septic system, the more often you will need to have it pumped. If you’re a single person with a large septic tank, you may not need tank maintenance for eight or nine years. On the other hand, if there are five or six people in your home, you may need to have the tank pumped every other year.
How Large Is the Septic Tank?
Another factor is the size of your septic tank. You should hopefully be given this information when you purchase the home, but if not, you can contact a septic tank professional to inspect the tank and give you all of the information about it. If your tank is fairly large, it may not need to be pumped as often. However, again, if you have a large family, even one of the larger septic tanks may require pumping every two or three years. If you have a small tank and a large family, you may want to consider replacing it with a larger one.
How Much Water Do You Use?
The amount of waste and wastewater you create during the day also has a major impact on your septic tank. If you use more water than normal, you may need to have the tank pumped more often. This can also cause the tank to back up during peak times. Because of this, you need to consider installing low-flow toilets, faucets, showerheads, and other fixtures. You may also want to spread out how often you use your washing machine or run the dishwasher. Sending too much water into the septic system at once can cause problems.
Call Us to Pump Your Septic Tank
If you’re in need of a septic tank inspection or believe it’s time to have your tank pumped, Septic Masters, LLC, is here to help. We will help you determine the right schedule for your septic tank pumping and can handle any maintenance or repairs you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.